£42,519 per annum for 1 to 2 days per week? The Ofcom Board is on the search for two new members.

The Ofcom Board comprises up to ten Directors (currently seven Non-Executive Directors including the Chairman and Deputy Chairman and three Executive Directors). It provides strategic direction and is the main statutory instrument of regulation with a fundamental role in the effective implementation of the Communications Act 2003 and the Postal Services Act 2011.

The Board has a central governance and strategic function, with oversight over the fulfilment of Ofcom’s general duties and specific statutory responsibilities as well as its adherence to the ethos of a public service organisation and its duties to further the interests of the citizen and consumer. The Board also has oversight of Ofcom’s overall funding and expenditure.

The Board acts on a collective basis. It takes decisions after considering recommendations made to it by the Ofcom Executive, which runs the organisation and answers to the Board. The work of both the Board and Executive is informed by the contribution of a number of advisory bodies. 

The Board meets monthly (except August). Meetings are held on a Tuesday normally from 9.00am to 1pm (followed by a briefing or lunch (sometimes with guests) to 2pm). There are also a number of Board sub-committees on which members are expected to sit.

The Ofcom Board meetings are formal: agendas and notes/minutes of meetings are published regularly on Ofcom’s website. Meetings are held at Ofcom’s London offices. Board members will be expected to attend occasional meetings/functions in the devolved Nations.

Person Specification

One person is required who has experience of editorial decision making at a senior level in broadcasting or journalism. This person will be expected to take on the responsibility of chairing Ofcom’s Content Board and providing the Board with expertise in the area of broadcasting policy and broadcasting standards; he/she will also be expected to understand, and participate in, all of the Board’s discussions across its entire remit.

The second individual required will bring to Ofcom strong business/commercial experience either from a large company or its equivalent, and/or working with high technology start-ups ideally in the telecommunications sector. The individual should be familiar with innovation-led technology environments. The ability to translate technology innovation into potential market effects and structural shifts would be an advantage. As with the first vacancy this individual will also be expected to understand, and participate in, all of the Board’s discussions across its entire remit.

The role specification available for download here gives much more information, particularly on the Content Board, and you are encouraged to study it before applying.

How to Apply

Applicants are invited to submit:

1. A detailed CV (preferably no more than 3 pages)
2. A covering letter (preferably no more than 3 pages)
3. Monitoring form (personal information)
4. Monitoring form (political activity)
5. Declaration of interests form

Please send these, electronically if possible, to Egon Zehnder:

app3@egonzehnder.com (020 7943 1912)

Monitoring Form (Part 1) 2015
Monitoring Form (Part 2) 2015
Conflicts of Interest Guidance
OCPA complaints procedure 2012
Declaration of interests form
OFCOM rolespec Aug 2015

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Closing date is Monday 28th September 2015 at 1700hrs